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Controlling Humidity During the Summer

Hot, humid summer weather is here! Humidity in your home can lead to various issues, from mould growth to possible structural damage. To ensure a healthy living environment and protect your property, taking steps to control moisture levels is essential. Here are some effective strategies for controlling humidity in your home.

Use a Dehumidifier – Install a dehumidifier in damp areas such as basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms to remove excess moisture from the air.

Ventilate Properly – Ensure adequate ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens using exhaust fans while cooking or showering. Additionally, open windows and doors when weather permits to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the house.

Repair Leaks – Promptly fix any leaks in plumbing or roof areas to prevent water accumulation or damage, preventing potential mould growth.

Use Air Conditioning – Running your air conditioner helps to reduce humidity levels indoors. Ensure your AC unit is appropriately sized for your home and well-maintained to optimize its efficiency.

Monitor Indoor Humidity – Consider using a hygrometer to measure indoor humidity levels regularly. Aim for 30-50% humidity, as levels above this range can promote mould growth.

Insulate Properly – Ensure your home is adequately insulated to prevent condensation from forming on cold surfaces, such as windows and walls.

Clean and Maintain Gutters – Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris to prevent water from pooling around your home’s foundation, which can lead to moisture issues indoors.

Use Moisture-Resistant Materials – When renovating or building, opt for moisture-resistant materials such as mold-resistant drywall and paint for areas prone to high humidity, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Remove Standing Water – To prevent mould growth, regularly check for and remove standing water in basements, crawl spaces, or around the exterior of your home.

Address Landscaping – Ensure landscaping around your home promotes proper drainage away from the foundation to prevent water from seeping into the basement or crawl space.

Implementing these tips can effectively control humidity levels in your home and mitigate the risk of mold growth, ensuring a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.

Trust WINMAR®’s IICRC Certified professional technicians, trained to recognize and remediate mould issues in a safe and contained manner.

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